Nature Photography

The Beauty of Ice and Grass

Plants lay down their intricate patterns based on cycles of pressure and release, which are in turn formed by intricate and varied patterns of water, carbon and gas pressures, like this I guess.


Note the rounded nature of the gas-water interactions, and the more angular ones of carbon. You can see how adept water is at mimicking that angular carbon energy in the following image:


As water is frozen it turns crystalline, and takes on sharp angles. Amazing. When frozen in  a plant structure along with carbon, it can sometimes add roundedness to the carbon, such as in these haws:


The cyclic patterns of pressures rolling off of the tensions between the liquid-crystal dynamics of carbon and water can be intercellular, such as in this ponderosa pine …
P1570786 … or expressed through seed (a great abstraction) such as in this wheatgrass, in which the seeds are laid down along intercellular pressure patterns, but the grass is itself made out of a vast number of individual plants that come from that seed, growing together.P1570926Same with these rushes.


Wetlands are amazing interface zones. When grass falls into water, and the water freezes what happens is a human story.P1570895We call it beauty. Here’s some more of it:


We are from this planet. We are this tension. I love it. I hope you do too.



5 replies »

  1. Beautiful, Harold.
    This morning I’m looking out at the snow left here overnight. Perhaps 5cm, enough to transform the ravine and its trees. Our little woodland lacks only its visiting hawk to make the scene perfect. I’m hoping he comes soon.


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